Pasadena, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Prices of tickets for Monday’s BCS National Championship have dipped significantly, according to several ticket resale sites.
According to TiqIQ, a ticket-market data provider, nearly 1,000 tickets to the game were selling below face value as of 8:30 a.m. ET Monday.
Prices on the resale market of some tickets have dipped below the face values of $325 for end zone seats and $385 (yard lines) while the median price of a ticket paid for the game on ticket resale site StubHub through Sunday was $799.
StubHub’s price was 45 percent cheaper than the median price paid for last year’s title game on the site ($1,459) and 47 percent cheaper than the median price paid for the game in 2012 ($1,528).
The last time the median price for a ticket paid on StubHub dipped below the $1,000 mark was in 2011, when Auburn played Oregon. The price paid on StubHub that year was $925.
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena seats the highest number of the four BCS stadiums at 93,000. That compares to 76,000 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, 75,000 at the Superdome in New Orleans and 72,000 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
According to Jimmy Siegendorf, owner of online-ticket brokerage Premium Seats USA based in Hollywood, Florida, many of those buying up the tickets — including donors — were sellers.
“It was clear from the very beginning, that with the travel expenses and the airfare, that a lot of the people getting the tickets were selling them,” Siegendorf said.
Monday’s game marks the first time in the 14-year history of the BCS that the campuses of each team are at least 2,000 miles away from the championship venue.
For the 2004, 2008 and 2012 games, prices were high because LSU was playing in the game in New Orleans.